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The U.S. wind industry now employs more than 100,000 people

Source: By Brady Dennis, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

In 2016, for the first time, more than 100,000 people in the United States were employed in some manner by the wind industry, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the American Wind Energy Association. The industry grew by double digits once again. The first offshore wind farm became a reality off Rhode Island. And wind was the primary source of new energy installations in much of the Midwest, the Plains states and in Texas, which has nearly 12,000 wind turbines and generates more than a quarter of the nation’s wind energy.

Wind power advocates alarmed by bill to move Maine test site

Source: By Nick McCrea, Bangor Daily News • Posted: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Maine’s floating wind power advocates are sounding the alarm over legislation that would push a two-turbine test site farther away from Monhegan Island, saying that the shift would sink the decade-long push to draw power from the untapped Gulf of Maine winds. The bill, introduced by Sen. Dana Dow, R-Lincoln, would bar wind turbines within 10 miles of Monhegan Island.

China renewable power waste worsens in 2016 – Greenpeace

Source: By Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

The amount of electricity wasted by China’s solar and wind power sectors rose significantly last year, environment group Greenpeace said in a research report published on Wednesday, despite government pledges to rectify the problem. China promised last year to improve what it called the “rhythm” of construction of power transmission lines and renewable generation to avoid “curtailment,” which occurs when there is insufficient transmission to absorb the power generated by the renewable projects.

Texas can remain a leader in clean energy

Source: By Christi Craddick, Express-News • Posted: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Texas is a national leader in the development of clean energy. We have more wind power capacity than any other state and all but five countries. The solar power market in Texas is also taking off as the manufactured cost of panels have been reduced. Clean energy involves more than a commitment to the development of renewables. It includes investments in new technologies that can make conventional generation cleaner, too.

Port unloads longest wind blades to date in Longview

Source: By Marissa Luck, The Daily News • Posted: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Wind cargo is continuing to pick up at Port of Longview, and longshoremen last week handled the longest wind blades ever to pass through the port’s docks. Each 177-foot blade is half the length of a football field, including end zones. A total of 25 longshoremen worked over three and half days to unload the Illinois-bound blades for Vestas Wind Systems, according to the port and Jones Stevedoring, which coordinated the effort.

Europe’s Coal Power Is Going up in Smoke — Fast

Source: By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

The long goodbye for coal in Europe is accelerating as the cost of shifting to green energy plunges. Companies including Drax Group Plc, Steag GmbH to Uniper SE are closing or converting coal-burning generators at a record pace from Austria to the U.K., made obsolete by competition from cheaper wind and solar power. After more than 500 years of using the carbonaceous rock — which fueled the industrial revolution even as emissions warmed the atmosphere — the continent simply can’t afford it anymore and is moving on.

Big Business Pushes Coal-Friendly Kentucky To Embrace Renewables

Source: By Jennifer Ludden, NPR • Posted: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Kevin Butt’s job is to find cleaner ways to power Toyota. One of the hardest places to do that is at the automaker’s sprawling plant in central Kentucky, a state where nearly 90 percent of electricity still comes from coal. Butt points out a new engine assembly line, where a conveyor belt moves in a slow circle. He says it was specially designed with a more efficient motor. There are also enormous fans overhead and LED lights, all changes that save millions. “I mean, what company doesn’t want to reduce their energy bill,” he says.

Policy Advisers Urge Trump to Keep U.S. in Paris Accord

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Mr. Trump plans to make a final decision on the fate of the Paris agreement before a meeting of the Group of 7 leading economies at the end of May, according to Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary. A team of Mr. Trump’s principal advisers was scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon at the White House to discuss the decision with the aim of recommending a path forward, but the meeting was canceled after some of the planned attendees flew with Mr. Trump to an event in Wisconsin, according to a White House spokeswoman.

White House showdown on Paris deal set for next week

Source: By Josh Dawsey, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

President Donald Trump’s most senior advisers will huddle next week to resolve long-simmering tensions over whether the United States should stay in the Paris climate change agreement, a major point of dispute between the moderate and nationalist wings of the White House, three administration officials told POLITICO. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, senior adviser Jared Kushner and chief strategist Steve Bannon are expected to be at the table. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, but sources cautioned that the timing and number of attendees is still in flux.

Saudis Target 30 Solar, Wind Projects in $50 Billion Pledge

Source: By Wael Mahdi, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Saudi Arabia will develop 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption. The world’s biggest exporter of crude oil will produce 10 percent of its power from renewables by 2023, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said Monday at a conference in Riyadh. It also plans to generate an unspecified amount of electricity from nuclear plants.